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WAR-AFFECTED UGANDAN TO SHARE STORY ALONGSIDE MEDIA-BASED NONPROFIT FILM SCREENING
Representatives from media-based nonprofit Invisible Children to show latest film followed by personal stories by their Ugandan peer
On Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Invisible Children, a media-based nonprofit dedicated to ending Africa’s longest-running war, will screen its latest documentary, Tony. Invisible Children exists to raise awareness about the 25-year-long war in Central Africa which has been sustained by a rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is especially notorious for abducting children and forcing them to serve as soldiers.
The event is a part of Invisible Children’s Frontline Tour, where 16 teams are traveling across North America in vans to show films alongside their Ugandan peers who share their personal story. The Frontline Tour focuses on awareness and advocacy regarding the war and will also fundraise for Invisible Children’s Early Warning Radio Network – a web of high frequency radios in DR Congo that will communicate LRA activity to surrounding villages and alert local security forces to LRA violence.
The film documents the life of a young Ugandan, Tony, and follows the past eight years of his life, which have been marked by violence from rebel groups like the LRA. The screening will be at Northminster Presbyterian Church, located at the southwest corner of Fort Lowell Road and Tucson Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public. There will be story-driven merchandise for sale, including bracelets, handbags, and T-shirts. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards ending the war and rebuilding areas affected by the LRA.
The crisis in Central Africa has become the catalyst of this movement, focused on mobilizing hundreds of thousands of young people into active participation in foreign affairs.
The outcome of this movement has been the momentum behind the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act that was signed into law last year by President Obama. Because of the advocacy work done by young Invisible Children supporters across the country, the bill was co-sponsored by all members of congress.
For more information on this organization and to join the fight, visit www.invisiblechildren.com or call (619) 562-2799.
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Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity.